passive vocabulary


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passive vocabulary

n
(Linguistics) all the words, collectively, that a person can understand. Compare active vocabulary

passive vocabulary

- Contains lexemes we know and understand but do no actively use (in writing or speech).
See also related terms for understood.
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The average person is supposed to have an active vocabulary of 3,000 words in regular use, with a passive vocabulary of 15,000 to 20,000.
Johnston: While the senior level materials would not really be useful for improving writing, they are organized so students can work on their own to improve listening, increase passive vocabulary and gain some content knowledge.
Multiply that figure by 50 and you will have the approximate size of both your active and passive vocabulary.

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